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  H.B. No. 309
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to certain notifications made by the Texas Department of
  Criminal Justice to close relatives of deceased victims.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 508.117(g)(1), Government Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
               (1)  "Close relative of a deceased victim" means a
  person who was:
                     (A)  the spouse of the victim at the time of the
  victim's death;
                     (B)  a parent of the deceased victim; [or]
                     (C)  an adult brother, sister, or child of the
  deceased victim; or
                     (D)  the nearest relative of the deceased victim
  by consanguinity, if the persons described by Paragraphs (A)
  through (C) are deceased or are incapacitated due to physical or
  mental illness or infirmity.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 309 was passed by the House on April
  12, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 145, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 309 was passed by the Senate on May
  23, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor